KAUST's Office of Enrichment Programs was created as a way to draw faculty, students, staff, partners, collaborators, and community members out of their daily routines and into a curated program of expansive thinking. The programs are shaped to educate, inspire, enrich, and contribute to the community, the Kingdom, and the world.
Under the umbrella of the VP for Academic Affairs, the Office of Enrichment Programs produces and delivers the two-week-long hallmark event at KAUST Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), TEDxKAUST, and the Artists-in-Labs program. The Office of Enrichment Programs puts on events designed to enrich and inspire participants through lectures, workshops, entrepreneurial, cultural, and recreational activities that are not typically found in academic programs.
Since 2010, the Office has produced a total of 1,800 events, invited 1,430 international and in-Kingdom speakers, and attracted a cumulative audience of 115,000 attendees. Many of the events are available online on YouTube.
A selection of past keynote speakers includes Kip Thorne, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Caltech, H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Former Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Minerals and chairman of Saudi Aramco, Dirk Ahlborn, CEO at Hyperloop, Carolyn Porco, Imaging Science Team Leader of the NASA Cassini Mission, artist Theo Jansen, Lando Norris, McLaren Formula 1 driver, or
Ajay Royyuru, IBM Vice President for healthcare & Life Sciences.